Punta Cana is one of the most glamorous resorts on the Dominican Republic’s Coconut Coast, if not the whole of the Caribbean. That's because the giddy mix of hot days on the beach and VIP nightlife makes the resort feel a little like paradise, with its bright green scenery set against the gold of the coast. The jungle is ideal for would-be explorers, while the rather more leisurely golf courses complete a very pretty picture. During your Punta Cana holidays, you may even rub shoulders with some of the world's most famous celebrities, too, as many of Hollywood’s A-listers are big fans of this part of the island.
25 - 28 °C
Punta Cana has an average temperature of 28°C in June, and temperatures dip only slightly in the winter to a wonderfully warm 25°C. It's dry and sunny most of the time in this region, although rain can occur at any time of the year but is usually showery in nature.
About 9 hours from the UK
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Go shopping at the Palma Real Shopping Village in the Bávaro area on your holidays to Punta Cana, where you can see some beautiful arts and crafts items. Visit the Marinarium and learn all about sharks and stingrays, or head to the Aromas Museum if you're interested in finding out about the Dominican Republic's history and culture. In La Romana, just under an hour's drive from Punta Cana, you can explore the Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village, featuring an amphitheatre and archaeological museum.
If you're a beach lover, you'll be spoilt for choice on your holidays to Punta Cana. The resort offers miles of glorious sands which are perfect for those who love to sunbathe and get lost in a good book. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, dive into the emerald water and go snorkelling. One of the best beaches is Playa Juanillo, which is noted for its fine, gently shelving sands and has plenty of free chairs.
Many hotel resorts offer instant access to the beach, although you may find more affordable places to stay slightly further inland if you're on a tighter budget. If you're looking for something extra special, book accommodation with a sea view so you can wake up each morning to the beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic.
Go on a hiking trip to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, where you can swim in crystal-clear lagoons and see some incredible tropical wildlife. Or head a little further to the beautiful East National Park (Parque Nacional del Este). It’s a little further south but well worth the trip, as it’s one of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the country.
Because of Punta Cana's cosmopolitan atmosphere, you'll find great cuisine from all over the world here. Order some delicious Dominican meat stews or fresh seafood, and try a tropical cocktail. From mouth-watering steaks to crispy pizzas and fragrant Mexican and Pan-Asian dishes, you'll have an endless choice of delicious food and drink when you’re off on your holidays to Punta Cana. Many restaurants have large terraces with wonderful poolside or sea views, too, so you can dine al fresco.
Golfers: You can find over a dozen 18-hole golf courses in the region’s incredible gold and green scenery.
Celebrity spotters: Punta Cana fans include Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie, so keep your eyes peeled.
Clubbers: Parties on the beach, on boats, in clubs or on rooftops; it’s one of the coolest party destinations in the Caribbean.
Language: The language spoken is Spanish. However, because of its popularity with international tourists, English is widely spoken here, especially in hotels and restaurants. Still, if you're interested in impressing the locals with a bit of Spanish, buy a phrasebook or download our language app for your holiday.
Currency: The currency used in Punta Cana is the Dominican Peso.
Local time: Punta Cana is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport. Transfers to the resort of Punta Cana take 30–40 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Punta Cana is 9 hours.
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Temperature: Temperatures peak around 30°C from about May to November, cooling off slightly to about 28°C by January and February, which means there's very little difference throughout the year. At night, it doesn't normally fall below the mid-20s (°C) in summer, and even in January it's unlikely to go below 20°C.
Best time to visit: Spring and autumn for more comfortable beach weather.
Punta Cana's climate is typically tropical and just what you'd expect for a Caribbean resort. The area enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year and is consistently very warm or hot, with no cold spells. The period from December to March is a little more comfortable for sightseeing, while October and November are wetter and more humid.
By bus: If you’re planning to visit local resorts during your holiday to Punta Cana, the Bavaro Express bus is a handy way of getting between them at an affordable price. The service runs regularly between neighbouring resorts and provides a shuttle to the beach.
By hire car: The best way to get around on your own terms is hiring a car. The Dominican Republic’s international airports all have numerous car hire companies where you can arrange a rental.
On foot: The beaches and hotels should be a comfortable walking distance, so if you don’t have to go far make the most of the weather and take a stroll.
By taxi: Taxis can be useful for one-off trips on your holiday, especially when you're travelling with heavy luggage to or from the airport. Just remember to always check the fare before you get in.
For foodies: Late June sees the Food and Wine Festival come to town, when foodies can enjoy two full days of tasting samples and watch cooking demos from the pros.
Beach party: One of the highlights of the annual calendar is the Punta Cana Tango Festival in January, where you'll enjoy four fun-packed days of live music, dancing, and amazing food on the beach.
Carnival: Punta Cana is one of the best places around to experience this world-class event. Carnival comes to town in February and stays for a week of parades, performances and wild costumes.